Day 74: rabbit attack

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Gardeners and rabbits rarely coexist in harmony, and while there’s no denying their cuteness, they don’t half munch through your plants and seem to have only a casual acquaintance with any list of supposedly ‘rabbit proof’ plants. This is where chicken wire becomes your unlikely friend – unlikely, as it’s hideous and awkward to work with. The trick is to surround your plant with a wire cloche of appropriate size, so that by the time its foliage and stems grow through it will be big enough to withstand the onslaught from voracious furry critters. Thus, while in early spring the borders can resemble a poultry farm, in a few weeks time the protection will be all but invisible. No need to call on Mr McGregor.

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